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E.W. Foster students perform very well on the EQAO assessment of reading and writing with 90% and 91% of students respectively performing at levels 3 and 4.

In the primary grades, there is a strong emphasis on developing reading skills that includes decoding and comprehension. Teachers assess reading skills throughout the school year using an assessment tool called PM Benchmarks. The chart below shows the ideal entry and exit PM Benchmark levels by grade. We thought this would be helpful to you. Thank you for all your efforts reading to and with your child at home. Working together, we can do great things!

HDSB Target PM Benchmark Levels (Numbers) 
and Fountas and Pinnell levels (Alphabet)


Beginning (September)

Middle (February)

End (June)

Senior Kindergarten

(levels 1 - 5)

1 (A)

3 (C)

5 (D)

Grade 1

(levels 6-16)

6 (D)

10 (F)

16 (I)

Grade 2

(levels 17-22)

17 (J)

20 (K)

22 (M)

Grade 3

(levels 23-27)

23 (N)

25 (O/P)

27 (R)

Home Connections:
Daily Reading

Daily reading to and with your child at any age is extremely beneficial. Online rescues such as RAZ kids and Overdrive can be a great resource for digital texts. The HDSB Student Reduces (see link on the "websites" tab) also has a variety of other online resources. The Milton public libraryis also a great place to visit and offers a large range of resource and supports for parents and students.

RAZ Kids

Students in primary grades may access RAZ Kids or Reading A-Z from home and are encouraged to do so a few times each week.  RAZ kids can be accessed using the link on the "websites" tab. On Raz-Kids, children may read, listen to and even self-record reading eBooks. Your child can access his/her account by logging in under their teacher's name.


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